Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CBSE’s stress helpline gets calls all day


NEW DELHI: CBSE's helpline is ringing off the hook but counsellors responding to complaints of exam stress , wish schools , families and students startedearlier and notin January. 

"I had a maternal grandmother calling me from Hyderabad," says counselling psychologist Geetanjali Kumar , "She has been teaching her grandson but he keeps forgetting his lessons." That's a common complaint of the examstressed .Most queries on the board's helpline (1800 11 8004 ), says an attendant asking to not be named ,havetodowith admit cards , date-sheets , and candidatesforgetting their lessons. 

"The number of callshasincreased drastically this year," says Kumar. "I have had calls from Bulandshahr and Varanasi asking mefor tipsto get 90 %." In many cases , Kumar finds herself asking candidates to tweak their expectations. "Be realistic. If you got 56% in your pre-boards, 90 % in the main examsis notlikely," she says. 

Kumar also asks some parents to back off. She mentions one student who opted for science not because she was interested but because she had the marks for it. "Parents want to ease the stress but don't know what to do. I told the father to read up on future career paths by himself and leave the girl to study on her own." Career counselling by coaching centresfor professional courses, she feels, do moreharm than good. 

But most counsellors feel schools and parents should teachthekidstodealwithstress from the start . Teaching them tohandletests along withbirthday parties and family get-togethersisonewayof doing it. 

The CBSE website has a handbook on handling exam stress. It begins by recommending a healthy diet. "The right food can help in your levels of concentration , ensure that you sleep soundly and lower your anxiety level ." Exercise- "aerobic-cardiovascular type" - is recommended asisenoughsleep . e

Source : TOI

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